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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rev. Diaz Sr. Links Abortion to Genocide

The always vocal State Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr., is adding more fuel to the ongoing abortion debate, firing off a press release yesterday that called abortion a form of racial genocide.

"The UN’s definition of genocide includes 'measures intended to prevent births within the group,'" Diaz wrote, in the statement he titled "The Truth About Genocide."

The Rev. cited a recent report from the Dept. of Health which puts the city's abortion rate at 41 percent of pregnancies, with numbers higher in black and Hispanic communities.

"These statistics are staggering," Diaz continued. "It is nothing less than responsible to use the term genocide to define what is happening to our children’s lives."

It's not the first time the Senator's used that strong and controversial term--usually reserved to reference the systematic killing of a racial or ethnic group, i.e. the Holocaust or Rwanda--while voicing his pro-life platform. He made similar comments earlier this month, sparking a New York Times opinion column that called his remarks "nutty." 

While we're on the topic: you've probably also seen the countless number of news stories today about a controversial billboard that's been erected in SoHo by an anti-abortion group from Texas (if not, here you go). The ad features the photo of a young African-American girl, along with the words, "the most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb."

A number of city officials immediately denounced the ad, with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio calling it "grossly offensive to women and communities of color," according to the Daily News.

The abortion debate has been heating up, locally and nationwide, as the House of Representatives voted to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood health clinics last week. Earlier this month, the local Bronx Planned Parenthood branch was the site of an anti-abortion group's undercover video campaign.


  1. Sanger said it herself...


  2. Surely the most "offensive" aspect here is that tiny defenseless children are being aborted so routinely and on such an appalling scale.

    We should never trivialize violence, not even against these smallest human beings, black or white.

    Every abortion is an act of violence, albeit in a medical setting. In every abortion,the innocent unborn child is at risk of lethal violence 'legally' perpetrated by the abortionist who penetrates the mother's womb to exterminate the tiny human person being protected and nurtured therein.

    Violence against children is never 'necessary'. All violence against children is preventable.

    Before as well as after birth, children should never receive less protection than adults.

    Their mothers' personal and social needs can and should be met by non-violent means.

  3. The fact that this is legally sanctioned is the most apalling aspect of the argument. If I killed my neighbor under my own volition(read: no one "forced" me to do it) I would still go to jail. Yet, 41% of children in the womb in this city are killed annually and yet no one is imprisoned.

    When 75% of your business is conducted in the minority demographic that is targeting plain and simple. Whether its racist or not may be arguable, but the fact remains that if ANY business had 3/4 of its product concentrated in any demographic, it wouldn't take an MBA to figure out that it is targeted marketing.

    The Rev has a point here.

  4. It is horrible and shameful that Diaz is using his voice as borough president to stigmatize abortion and the women who have them. Neither he, nor the anti-choice, anti-women commentators here, have latched onto any other statistics about the reproductive health of women in NY or the Bronx. That's because they do not actually care about women's health and wellbeing, only ensuring that they are held in contempt for making their own decisions. To obsess over one figure- this 41%- is just a talking point for him to get re-elected (at the rate of political participation in the Bronx he will probably be unopposed again anyway).

  5. If I am anti-woman, you are anti-baby.

  6. Reader Alltudemic should realize that the Ruben Diaz in question is the pastor and state senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. The father of the left-leaning Bronx Borough President who unlike his principled father, supports abortion on-demand.

    Like SNL's Emily Litella (played by Gilda Radner) should say, "Never mind!"


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